Publication Date: 11/11/2021 ISBN: 9781405944359 Category:

The Metal Heart

Caroline Lea

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 11/11/2021 ISBN: 9781405944359 Category:
Paperback / Softback




The beautifully compelling wartime story of freedom and love set deep in the Scottish islands

‘A powerful Second World War love story’ THE TIMES

‘Deeply evocative of Orkney and its wild beauty. A stunning tale of sisters, salvation and sacrifice’ EMMA STONEX

Orkney, 1941.

Five hundred Italian prisoners of war arrive to fortify these wild and desolate islands.

Orphaned sisters Dorothy and Constance volunteer to nurse the wounded. But while beautiful, damaged Constance remains wary of the men, Dot finds herself increasingly drawn to Cesare, a young man fighting on the wrong side and broken by the horrors of battle. Secretly, passionately, they fall in love.

When a tragic mistake from Con’s past returns to haunt them, Dot must make a choice:

Protect her sister no matter the costs, or save the man who has captured her heart?

Praise for Caroline Lea:

‘Enthralling’ Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars and The Foundling

‘Fantastic’ The Times

‘Memorable and compelling’ Sarah Moss, author of The Times Book of the Year Ghost Wall

‘Intensely written and atmospheric’ Daily Mail

‘Gripped me in a cold fist. Beautiful’ Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton

‘Brilliant’ Daily Express

Publisher Review

A tense, passionate and deeply atmospheric novel about a community in wartime - and two defiant hearts. Orkney was so perfectly realised, too, that I almost felt windblown. I loved it all the more so for having read it during lockdown: Caroline's beautiful transported me entirely to another time and land -- Susan Fletcher A powerful Second World War love story. As tensions grow between the Italian PoWs and the Orkney men, the scene is set for a dramatic reckoning. Lea writes beautifully of island life and love, and the sacrifices that both demand * The Times * Atmospheric, heart-wrenching, evocative - this is a gorgeously written story about the scars we carry with us, and how they can be overcome -- Gytha Lodge Uses the true story of the building of the chapel on Orkney by Italian prisoners during the Second World War to fashion a fast-moving and very touching story of sisterly devotion and passionate love -- Adele Geras A stunning novel . . . impeccably researched, gorgeously written, and deeply evocative of Orkney and its wild beauty. I loved this tale of sisters, salvation and sacrifice from the first page -- Emma Stonex, bestselling author of The Lamplighters Confirms Lea as a highly original and inventive writer * Sunday Times * A story of innocents caught up in the machinery of war. Exquisitely researched, beautifully told, this tiny corner of Scotland came alive -- Mary Beth Keane Myth, legend, fear and superstition all play a part in this intensely atmospheric novel * Choice Magazine * A beautiful, heart-breaking tale of grief, love and the bond between sisters. I read it in a day, desperate to know what would happen -- Louise Hare Lea deftly taps into an age-old theme: suspicion and mistrust of outsiders. Woven throughout The Metal Heart is the potent reminder that there are always innocents caught up in the cruel, unforgiving machinery of war * Herald * A stunning World War Two novel, unlike any other * Sun * The remoteness of the Orkney islands intensifies the hopes and fears of war. The Metal Heart is a story of passion and separation in which the isolation of twin sisters within a tight-knit community threatens tragedy. A deeply atmospheric novel of hope and redemption. -- Isabelle Grey Draws you into a wild landscape through an exquisitely told love story -- Elodie Harper Superbly plotted . . . a story that comes together convincingly, complete with a wonderful double-twist in its final pages * The Orcadian * Uses the true story of the building of the chapel on Orkney to fashion a touching story of sisterly devotion and passionate love -- Hope Adams, author of Dangerous Women A mesmerising and atmospheric read * Culturefly * Praise for THE GLASS WOMAN * - * A fantastic, atmospheric debut * The Times * Memorable and compelling. A novel about what haunts us - and what should An enthralling tale -- Stacey Halls, bestselling author of The Familiars Intensely written and atmospheric, with an unusual setting, this is a stark evocation of a community where fear of the outsider is rife and unsettling * Daily Mail * A perfect, gripping winter read. I loved it Utterly unputdownable. Rich in superstition and mystery, it pulled me in. An incredible novel A chilling tale * Good Housekeeping *

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